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After God

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ISBN-10: 0226791718

ISBN-13: 9780226791715

Edition: 2009

Authors: Mark C. Taylor

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With fundamentalists dominating the headlines and scientists arguing about the biological and neurological basis of faith, religion isthetopic of the day. But religion, Mark C. Taylor shows, is more complicated than either its defenders or critics think and, indeed, is much more influential than any of us realize. Our world, Taylor maintains, is shaped by religion even when it is least obvious. Faith and value, he insists, are unavoidable and inextricably interrelated for believers and nonbelievers alike. Using scientific theories of dynamical systems and complex adaptive networks for cultural and theological analysis,After Godredefines religion for our contemporary age. Taylor begins by asking a critical question: What is religion? He then proceeds to explain how Protestant ideas in particular undergird the character and structure of our global information societythe Reformation, Taylor argues, was an information and communications revolution that effectively prepared the way for the media revolution at the end of the twentieth century. Taylor's breathtaking account of religious ideas allows us to understand for the first time that contemporary notions of atheism and the secular are already implicit in classical Christology and Trinitarian theology. Weaving together theoretical analysis and historical interpretation, Taylor demonstrates the codependence and coevolution of traditional religious beliefs and practices with modern literature, art, architecture, information technologies, media, financial markets, and theoretical biology.After Godconcludes with prescriptions for new ways of thinking and acting. If we are to negotiate the perils of the twenty-first century, Taylor contends, we must refigure the symbolic networks that inform our policies and guide our actions. A religion without God creates the possibility of an ethics without absolutes that leads to the promotion of creativity and life in an ever more fragile world. The first comprehensive theology of culture since the pioneering work of Paul Tillich,After Godis a radical reconceptualization of religion and Taylor's most pathbreaking work yet, bringing together various strands of theological argument and cultural analysis four decades in the making.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Figures Tables
Theorizing Religion
Religion Visible and Invisible
Against Theory
Networking Symbols
Three Ways of Being Religious
The Protestant Revolution
The Divided Subject
The Invisible Hand
Privatization, Decentralization, and Deregulation
Subjectivity and Modernity
Freedom and Representation
Figuring Subjects
World as Work of Art
Religious Secularity
Immanence and Transcendence
Incarnation and Trinity
Self-Embodiment of God
Theology and Theory
Eclipse of the Real
Deaths of God
Consuming Images
Cultivating Diversity
Recovering the Real
Securing the Base
Marketing the New Age
Base Closures
Religion without God
Refiguring Life
Emergent Creativity
Ethics without Absolutes
Guide for the Perplexed
Fluid Dynamics NotesIndex